V-Sprint Club Rides
V-Sprint training rides are not just about the distance we cover, we like to encourage solid riding techniques with respect to ALL other road users. Most regular road riders will be able to manage any of our training sessions. The rides are social and educational, the more experienced riders will always share their knowledge and offer encouragement. For all our rides we recommend some basic equipment – Spare inner tube; Tyre Levers; Multi tool; Pump; Rain Cape; Water Bottle and for longer rides (over 30 miles), energy bars / gel etc. A cycle computer is a great advantage but not essential.
During the winter months (Nov’ to March) mudguards are mandatory, regardless of conditions, and for evening rides lights will be required
What Speeds can you expect: This is always difficult to estimate, the average speed of the group depends on many different factors; Weather; Hills; Traffic etc, Each of the rides below shows a general speed (remember you will comfortably travel 2-3 mph faster in a group that you would do on your own without addition effort), Whilst we will not knowing leave any rider behind, please consider and respect other riders, be honest and chose the ride that matches your ability or level of fitness.
When moving up to a faster group or joining a ride for the first time, don’t worry all the rides are led by a voluntary leader who will support you to make that performance improvement. If you drop off on some of the hills or faster efforts the ride leader will ensure the group slows, or stops, to regroup. Depending on ability of ride attendees we may split or combine groups as the ride leaders see fit.
If you just want to ride socially, train for fitness, or are aiming for a specific goal V-Sprint will help you on your way. We welcome guests and those wishing to experience a V-Sprint Ride, but do ask that after 5 rides that you join our club an ride I n V-Sprint Kit.
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Thursday 7.00pm – Meet at Hanbury Turn (B60 4LU).
A 25 mile loop in winter months, 30 miles in the summer, ridden at pace. For the winter, riding will be tailored to improve cadence and controlling your heart rate, with an emphasis on technique rather than speed. The ride is open to all riders who will generally ride together in a single group – Average Speed 18 to 19 mph. (However in the summer months we encourage Development riders to head off 5-10 minutes earlier than the main group, The courses are flattish, but the rides are for those who wish to improve performance rather than have a social rides..
Equipment Required – Lights (1 FRONT, 2 REAR), reflective clothing. Mudguards.
Sunday 9.30am – Sunday Club Ride Meet at Finstall Village Hall (B60 1JT).
Sunday ‘Club’ Ride and ‘Development’ Rides are steady with some fast section but evenly paced with a great deal of encouragement from fellow riders. There are usually one or two taxing hills and technical sections. Participants are encouraged to ride in a group, taking turns to lead for short sessions and will learn the skills of group riding.There are no scheduled stops but rides finish at at a coffee stop in Bromsgrove,
Towards the end , the ride leader will indicate that riders are welcome to continue at their own pace to the final coffee stop. This allows those riders of higher ability to test themselves, whilst those riding socially can continue in a group.
Club ride 18 to 19 mph (approx. 43 Miles) / Development ride 15-17 mph (approx. 36 Miles)
Ladies Only Rides
Wednesday from Avoncroft Museum. one or two groups depending on the ability of those attending (Faster groups are 16-18 mph, slower group 14-16 mph) . Whilst titled Ladies rides, the men can come along for support and encouragement, but at no point are they to lead the ride or dictate the speed, The men will never comprise of more than 25% of those attending, (with the female ride leaders having the final say on who is welcome),
The rides will be a feature a mixture of social, effort training and riding technical development.
For those who are new, less confident or want to ride on a social level. Wednesday from Avoncroft Museum, a single group that will ride at between 10 and 14 mph. Ideal for those who ride for the social aspect and have no or little desire for faster riding. development, or those who are beginning their cycling journey. If you are unsure of your ability this is an ideal first ride, the rider leader will be able to assess your riding to provide options for the future..